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    Adsense page hijacked

    Most of you probably know by now that Google's Adsense page has been hijacked. The offender is all-in-one-business.com.

    Here are the search results for "Adsense" http://www.google.com/search?client=...=Google+Search

    I'm not sure how long that will still be there, but it's there now as of this posting.

    He will no doubt be benefiting from all of the links from blogs, etc. like this one http://www.jensense.com/archives/200...adsense_4.html

    Or will he? Yes, he will get an SE boost. But it will be for something negative.

    My main question is, why would someone *supposedly* trying to run a legit business pull a stunt like this? It doesn't take a genius to figure out that "hijack" will have a negative impact on his rep. When his target market sees references to this all over the place are they really going to trust him enough to make a purchase?

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    Oh the irony.

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    I'm still trying to figure out how he pulled this one off.

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    I don't get it.

    How does he benefit at all?

    I click on the link and all it does is bring me to Google's Adsense page.

    Maybe I'm too new at this game

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    I had a look around this guys site... not much "real" content... just a bunch of get rich type scams. I thought maybe he'd use this fact to promote some sort of SEO service he offered, but I saw nothing of the sort. I saw somewhere somebody mention that just before the redirect, you see that the URL has a PR of 9, but I haven't confirmed this myself.

    I don't see any backlinks. A search for "www.all-in-one-business.com/adsense/" comes up with a few hits, but they all appear to be similar sites to www.all-in-one-business.com or reports on this hijacking.
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    Is hijacked really the right word to describe this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viflux
    I don't get it.

    How does he benefit at all?

    I click on the link and all it does is bring me to Google's Adsense page.

    Maybe I'm too new at this game
    It's a way of "hijacking" PR. Take a look at https://www.google.com/adsense/ it's now a greybar showing no PR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cawebdevelopment
    Is hijacked really the right word to describe this?
    Probably not, but that's how people to refer to this type of thing.

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    I'm not sure I quite understand.

    PR is a result of the link-ins a page has.

    How does this company showing up first in the results, result in Google's Adsense page not having PR? Did this company convince everyone with a link to Adsense to link to them instead?

    Confused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nos
    I saw somewhere somebody mention that just before the redirect, you see that the URL has a PR of 9, but I haven't confirmed this myself.
    It's true.

    I have a screenshot I can post if you want.

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    Ya, I'm confused too. How is this different from "google bombing" Is this at all similar to the time a search for "waffles" listed John Kerry's website at the top of the serps?

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    It's done with a redirect. He redirects to the Adsense page, and then after Google updates he removes the redirect and Google is fooled. Then on the next update it will go back to normal.

    Which goes back to my point. Doing this to Google will create nothing but negative publicity for him and cause people to not trust him. Why would you sabotage something you are trying to do on your website, build trust so people buy. Not the smartest marketing tactic.

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    I think everyone might've missed the boat with what's happening here.

    Yes, this is a hijacking. Last I knew, it was done by a 302 redirect. By 302'ing page A to page B, Google removes page B and replaces it with page A. SitePoint was a victim of this a while back -- a whole bunch of their articles had been hijacked.

    Now in this case, the person doesn't benefit.

    HOWEVER... keep in mind that a malicious person could easily redirect the SEs, but show end users a different page. Virtually, they could use this technique to show up number one for "AdSense", and then when end users click the page, it shows them some other site -- maybe an AdSense fraud site? A competitor to AdSense? A page with lots of CPM ads?

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    Thanks for that better explanation :-)

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    Pretty ballsy hijacking a google page, I give him a week or so before google bans his domain from their index.

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    Quote Originally Posted by someonewhois
    HOWEVER... keep in mind that a malicious person could easily redirect the SEs, but show end users a different page. Virtually, they could use this technique to show up number one for "AdSense", and then when end users click the page, it shows them some other site -- maybe an AdSense fraud site? A competitor to AdSense? A page with lots of CPM ads?
    if they redirected to an adsense fraud page... then they wouldn't be redirecting to adsense which means they wouldn't be ranked #1 for "adsense" and they wouldn't have the PR of 9 etc...

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    What? They can redirect Googlebot to google.com/adsense/, but all humans get pointed to a different page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by someonewhois
    What? They can redirect Googlebot to google.com/adsense/, but all humans get pointed to a different page.
    ah i see what you're saying now. i wonder why this guy hasn't done that, because i don't see much point to what he's done

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    It's probably one of those "haha, I'm the best" stunts. He doesn't want to abuse AdSense, he just wants to show people he can do it.

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    Is this considered illegal? Google must have contacted them ASAP because now all-in-one-business.com redirects to the Google Adsense page.

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    Illegal? Nah. Perhaps they could be sued for damages, since they ARE exploiting a bug... but there aren't really any damages.

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    So, the site owner posted on jensense about what happened:
    http://www.jensense.com/archives/200...se_4.html#c331

    I'm tempted to take that at face value. As we saw, there wasn't really a way for him to profit off of this, and he didn't have marketing fluff on his site about how he hijaced google.
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    so it can be done afterall....

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    If you do a search now you will see that he isn't nr1 anymore

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    But his site still shows up in page 1 (result #3 as of now)...
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